Estelle Theresa Clark Griffin passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at the cherished age of 101.
She was born in St. Marys Georgia on September 9, 1915. She was the second daughter of Essie Delaney Clark and Frank James Clark and had three siblings who predeceased her; James, Joseph and Ellen. She was also a second cousin to Emma B. Delaney of Fernandina, the first African American female missionary to Africa and she was great grand-daughter of Thomas Sterling Delaney, Fernandina’s first African American registrar of voters during reconstruction. She is also a second cousin of centenarians, Bessie and Sadie Delaney, authors of the bestselling book; “Having Our Say”. She attended public schools in St. Marys and Fernandina.
Mrs. Griffin was predeceased by her beloved husband of 52 years, Theodore Griffin of St. Marys, Georgia. They moved to Closter, New Jersey in 1939 where they raised their family and lived and worked on the estate of New York business investor Donald Flamm, where they managed the grounds and social preparations for 44 years. Upon retirement she and her husband lived with her daughter in Long Island New York until his death. She and her daughter retired to Fernandina in 1991.
She was known as a sweet and loving lady, radiant with warmth, good nature, charm and class. She loved flowers, gardening, cooking, good books, and playing hymns on the piano. She cherished her life with family and friends in St. Marys, New Jersey and Fernandina. She was an active member of Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church in Closter, New Jersey and Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Fernandina for many years. She was known for doing unto others better that she would have them do unto her.
Mrs. Griffin leaves to mourn, her children: Dolores Covington and Ted Griffin of Fernandina. Iris Smith (Ben) of Middletown, NY., Carrie Atkinson Thompson of Sunrise, FL., eight grand children, Dawnne Roberts (James), Ben Smith Jr. (Tracy), Courtney Smith, Barbara Thompson, Mary Jones, Jackie Carlos (Bill), Mark Thompson and Donald Thompson (Delia), ten great- grand children, Tiffanie Smith, Gregory Smith, Heather Smith, Eric Smith, G.B. Smith, Sylvia Jones, Corey Thompson, Carey Alhassan, Justin Carlos and Donald Thompson Jr., two great great grandchildren, Kameren Lea and Korey Lea, a dear sister in law, Muriel Clark of Bronx, New York, a long loving list of nieces, nephews and cousins, Mrs. Elayne Flamm, Gary and Molly Flamm and the remaining dear members of the Flamm family.
Her family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Oxley Heard. Funeral services will follow on Saturday at 12:00 o’clock noon at Macedonia A.M.E. Church of Fernandina with the Reverend Anthony Daniel, presiding. Mrs. Griffin will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.